Benh Pham

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Grants Management: Federal Single Audit Guidelines

Posted by Benh Pham on Feb 1, 2012 11:19:00 AM

Recipients of federal grant funds must use the funds as indicated by the grant agreement and must ensure that funds are expended in the time frame specified by the document. This publication discusses the period of fund availability, how the time period will influence the expending of funds, and how the time period affects the Single Audit process, also known as the OMB A-133 audit, an organization-wide audit of an entity that expends $750,000* or more of federal assistance received for its operations.

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Topics: Single Audit, Grants Management Best Practices

6 Attributes of Fundable Grants

Posted by Benh Pham on Dec 9, 2011 11:02:00 AM

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Topics: Grants Management Best Practices

Grants Management in the 21st Century

Posted by Benh Pham on Dec 7, 2011 9:29:00 AM

Years ago after finishing graduate school with my newly minted master of public administration (MPA) degree, I quickly learned that there were few grants management resources available to managers, particularly in local government. In fact, most grant managers had never had formal training in the field. Nevertheless, over the years my expertise has grown, and I have learned the critical aspects of effective grants management, which I will share with you in this article.

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Topics: Grants Management Software

Grants Management System Goals: Know Before the Auditors Tell You

Posted by Benh Pham on Oct 24, 2011 1:27:00 PM

This publication provides an overview of the audit process. It explains what a grant recipient can expect from an audit, presents best practices for your grants management system, and identifies the types of information that will be expected for presentation throughout an audit process. 

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Topics: Single Audit, Grants Management Best Practices

Grants Management System Tips: Putting Your Program on Track

Posted by Benh Pham on Oct 14, 2011 9:42:00 AM

This publication shows you how to manage your grant award with maximum efficiency and effectiveness and improve your chances for future funding by ensuring compliance with the program’s terms and conditions, establishing productive timelines, and fostering an open flow of communication among key personnel.

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Topics: Grants Management Best Practices

Grants Management Process: Building a Good Purchasing System

Posted by Benh Pham on Sep 9, 2011 2:23:00 PM

A solid grants management system will keep your project on schedule and within budget, as well as provide an adequate paper trail for audit purposes. This publication serves as a guide to building a purchasing system for acquiring goods within the scope of a grant, including fixed assets and consumables. It does not include acquiring service contracts or non-project purchases, but many of the same principles outlined apply to those purchases.

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Topics: Grants Management Software

Grants Management & Goal Setting: Tools to Drive Performance

Posted by Benh Pham on Aug 29, 2011 3:40:00 PM

For most organizations, goal setting is an essential planning activity; for those that are grant-active, goal setting becomes even more vital.  At times, however, goal setting can become an overwhelming process, especially as you plan for grant funding.  Fortunately, tools are available to assist your organization to become strategic and sophisticated in goal setting for your grant-active department.

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Topics: Grants Management Software, Grants Management Best Practices

Grants Management Challenges: Staff Changes

Posted by Benh Pham on Aug 15, 2011 3:32:00 PM

Staff turnover can cause confusion, delays, and other problems that have the potential to jeopardize grant funds and diminish the credibility of your organization. This publication discusses what can go wrong when staff changes happen and provides tips to minimize the negative impacts these changes can have on your grants management system.

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Topics: Grants Management Software, Grants Management Best Practices

Successful CBO Collaboration: Establishing the Baseline

Posted by Benh Pham on Jun 24, 2011 11:41:00 AM

Collaboration with a community-based organization (CBO) can be a great asset to local governments, but before jumping into an agreement it is important to do some background work to ensure that the arrangement has a likelihood of contributing to joint success. This publication leads you through the issues to consider before entering into a collaborative agreement. 

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Topics: Nonprofits, Partnerships

Grants Management Success: Ensuring a Successful Kick-Off Meeting

Posted by Benh Pham on Apr 1, 2011 3:47:00 PM

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Topics: Grants Management Best Practices

Building a Grant Funding Strategy for Cities and Counties

 


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